Grants open for applications

Applications for Hume council’s 2025 community grants have now opened, with about half million dollars allocated for funding.

Councillors endorsed round one of the annual program at a meeting on April 29, with applicants accepted from Monday, May 13 to Friday, June 21.

In the agenda council said the program supports the creation of a community that is resilient, inclusive, and thriving, and showcases council’s commitment to social justice, equity, and civic engagement.

Speaking to the motion, Cr Joseph Haweil said he knows the program has had a very positive impact in the community.

“It’s important that we have a program like this and I’m glad Hume [council] is in a sound financial position to be able to provide a program of just about half a million dollars,” he said.

“We do know that to be a resilient, inclusive and thriving community we do have to support those in the community who do so much work for no money.

“I know that the value they contribute to the Hume community goes far beyond half a million dollars. Through them, we are very appreciative of the contribution they make to our city… [and] residents.”

The proposed allocation for the 2025 program is outlined through a number of categories, including $70,000 for large projects.

Cr Haweil, Cr Chris Hollow and Cr Jarrod Bell were nominated for the 2025 grant program councillor review panel, representing one councillor per ward.

Zoe Moffatt